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  • How many digits of pi do we really need?

    http://www.vox.com/2016/4/2/11350518/nasa-digits-pi

    http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elemen...why-pi-matters

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    It came in very handy when that young guy took over the Enterprise by using his mind power. Kirk told Spock to overload his brain, and Spock told the Enterprise computer to calculate pi.

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    • #3
      not empirical

      Hello String. Thanks for posting this.

      I recall that, in my brief stint as teacher of high school mathematics and physical science (4 years), one lad brought a readout of the first 500 digits of pi. It was placed proudly on our wall.

      I think we are ALL missing the import of the system of real numbers and its ramifications for transfinite mathematics. It has LITTLE to do with "empirical" considerations.

      Cheers.
      LC

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      • #4
        Scotty

        Hello Robert.

        (Kirk): "Have you finished your calculations of pi, Mr. Scott?"

        (Scott): "Och! I do nae think I'm goin' tae hold. My brain is doomed, I tell ye! Doomed!!"

        Cheers.
        LC

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        • #5
          SCOTTY : Doctor, I keep dreaming I'm dividing one by three.

          MCCOY : Ah, a recurring dream.

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          • #6
            SCOTTY : Doctor, I keep dreaming of an irrational number.

            MCCOY : Which irrational number?

            SCOTTY : This one :

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTqqLaOv3mA

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            • #7
              Scotty "She canna take anymore captain"

              Kirk "Get out Scotty! Do you never knock?"

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              • #8
                UHURA : Captain, I'm getting a message on hailing frequencies.

                KIRK : What does it say?

                UHURA : Six....one, two, three, four, five, six, up the ladder. Shook a six, go again. Four....one, two, three, four. Down the snake. Stone me!

                KIRK : I want that message traced.

                SPOCK : Sensors indicate that it originates from East Cheam.

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                • #9
                  McCoy "I think it's a Klingon Jim."

                  Kirk "Well use some wipes and get it off"

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